November 6th, 2014

An Interview with Artist Grainne Dowling

Contemporary Irish Writers Series     Grainne Dowling, an Irish artist whose work is exhibited on the covers of the Contemporary Irish Writers series, shares insight into her artistic process, inspirations, her experience as an evolving artist, as well as a few of her favorite works and the stories behind them. When asked about inspiration, Ms. Dowling explains that it is more a matter of attention than inspiration. It is about immersing herself in her surroundings, getting lost in a landscape, in life, and then letting it show her something striking, bringing her back to earth and motivating her to […]

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August 11th, 2014

Author profile: Kylie Thomas

Kylie Thomas’s Impossible Mourning: HIV/AIDS and Visuality After Apartheid looks at South Africa’s HIV/AIDS crisis from an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing on visual arts that include photography, paintings, and self-portraits, as well a variety of different narratives and critical theories.  Perhaps most importantly, though, the book is informed by Kylie Thomas’s own experiences living in South Africa and the work she did with HIV/AIDS support groups in the township of Khayelitsha. In her book’s introduction she describes volunteering for the Memory Box Project, “an art and narrative therapy and advocacy project based at the [University of Cape Town’s] AIDS and Social […]

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May 6th, 2014

Author Profile: Deborah Kennedy

Bucknell University Press congratulates Deborah Kennedy on her book Poetic Sisters: Early Eighteenth-Century Women Poets being selected as one of Choice’s “Outstanding Academic Titles of 2013.” Choice describes Professor’s Kennedy’s book as “engagingly written” and “beautifully illustrated (visually and poetically)” and recommends the title for both students and scholars.  The book’s “Outstanding Academic Title” distinction was given in consideration of criteria that included “overall excellence in presentation and scholarship” and “importance relative to other literature in the field.”  We had the pleasure of conducting an interview with Professor Kennedy via e-mail, in which she explained why the early eighteenth century was an important period […]

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April 18th, 2014

Author Profile: Allison Stedman

Bucknell University Press congratulates Allison Stedman on her book Rococo Fiction in France, 1600-1715: Seditious Frivolity being selected as one of Choice’s “Outstanding Academic Titles of 2013.” Choice describes Professor’s Stedman’s book as a “compelling, well-documented study of experimental texts written from the beginning of the 17th century to the end of the reign of Louis XIV.”  The book’s “Outstanding Academic Title” distinction was given in consideration of criteria that included “overall excellence in presentation and scholarship” and “importance relative to other literature in the field.”  We had the pleasure of conducting an interview with Professor Stedman via e-mail, where she shared […]

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January 14th, 2014

Art and Inspiration in Contemporary Irish Writers

Bucknell University Press’s original Irish Writers Series began in the 1970s under the editorship of J.F. Carens as a way to promote 19th and 20th century Anglo writers whose works deserved monographic exposure. The series published its first books in 1970, exploring the likes of Sean O’Casey, James Clarence Mangan, Standish O’Grady, and W.R. Rogers. The series ended in 1978 with a volume on Thomas Davis. In 2009 came a reinvigoration of the series–the Contemporary Irish Writers Series published Richard Rankin Russell’s Bernard MacLaverty as its first volume. With Professor John Rickard as general editor, the series continues the tradition […]

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November 3rd, 2013

Yves Bonnefoy Wins FIL Literary Award in Romance Languages

In September of 2013, French poet and Bucknell University Press author (b. 1923) was awarded the 23rd FIL Literary Award in Romance Languages. The jury, which consisted of seven prominent writers and literary critics, stated that Bonnefoy “integrates vanguard to the pillars of modern poetry, like Baudelarie, Celan or Rimbaud.” Bonnefoy is the first prize winner to have been recognized for writing in French. The prize, which Bonnefoy adds to an impressive list of awards that includes the Prix mondial Cino Del Duca (1995) and the Frank Kafka Prize (2007), will be presented on November 30th at the Guadalajara International Book […]

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August 15th, 2013

Editor Profile: Alf Siewers and Katherine Faull: Stories of the Susquehanna Valley

Professors Alf Siewers and Katherine Faull on the new series “Stories of the Susquehanna Valley” by Bryell StClair, ’14 This first volume in the new Stories of the Susquehanna Valley series describes the Native American presence in the Susquehanna River Valley, a key crossroads of the old Eastern Woodlands between the Great Lakes and the Chesapeake Bay in northern Appalachia. Combining archaeology, history, cultural anthropology, and the study of contemporary Native American issues, contributors describe what is known about the Native Americans from their earliest known presence in the valley to the contact era with Europeans. They also explore the subsequent […]

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April 29th, 2013

Editor Profile: Aníbal González

Professor AnĂ­bal González on his work with the Bucknell Studies in Latin American Literature and Theory series by Jen Weber, 2012-13 Cynthia Fell Intern This series of books provides a forum for some of the best criticism on Latin American literature in a wide range of critical approaches. By acknowledging the historical links and cultural affinities between Latin American and Iberian literatures, the series welcomes a consideration of Spanish and Portuguese texts and topics while also providing a space of convergence for scholars working in Romance studies, comparative literature, cultural studies, and literary theory. AnĂ­bal González, professor at Yale University, […]

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January 29th, 2013

Check Out Lewisburg’s Most Eclectic Bookstore!

Once you’ve walked into Mondragon bookstore in downtown Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, it would be difficult not to stay for awhile: walls decorated with vintage posters, eclectic postcards, and local artwork; cozy chairs flanked by tables with dishes containing chocolates; the cheery voices of friends enjoying tea in the back of the store; and, of course, an assortment of books stretching high and far, waiting to be discovered. And that’s to say nothing of Mondragon’s founder, Mr. Charles Sackrey.  A retired economics professor who taught at Bucknell from 1980-2002, Mr. Sackrey is an engaged, progressive citizen, a keen storyteller, and always happy to recommend a […]

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